Speaking the truth about The Mighty Oz

Filling the pail

A few times a year, someone will get in touch with me through the contact page of this blog with a very specific problem. Perhaps their district has changed the grading system or their school has decided they must give oral feedback every lesson and record this by rubber-stamping the students’ books. The request is always the same: do I know of any research that has evaluated this idea and found it wanting?

I usually agree that the idea is silly and offer moral support, but it is rare that I can help with the research. Most of these ideas simply have not been subjected to proper testing. And even when they have, the possibility of running a true, fairly designed experiment is small. And even if such an experiment has been run it is hard to remove expectation effects; the effect on teachers and students of participating in something new that…

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